Fourteen more Northland residents have died from COVID-19 — a daily record for the 10-county region.
St. Louis and Carlton counties each logged a daily record of deaths Friday, Nov. 27.
Seven of the 14 people lived in St. Louis County. One of them was between ages 50 and 54, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Two were in their 70s, two were in their 80s and two were between ages 90 and 94. Since the pandemic began, 104 residents have died from COVID-19.
Carlton County recorded four deaths. One of those people was in their early 60s, two were in their early 80s and one was in their early 90s. The county has now lost 14 residents to COVID-19.
Two more Aitkin County residents have died, putting its death toll at 29. The people were in their late 70s and early 90s.
Wisconsin reported one new death in Bayfield County, bringing the county's death toll to 10.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported a record-high total of 101 new deaths in its Friday, Nov. 27, situation report, which includes new cases and deaths from Wednesday since the state did not report those figures Thursday due to the holiday. The state's Saturday update will include numbers from Thursday and Friday.
In a statement Friday, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm addressed the state's record number of deaths reported in a single day.
"Thanksgiving weekend is a sad time to have to report a new daily record for COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota," she said. "This is a sad development, but it is not a surprising development. For weeks we have been sounding the alarm about the dramatic growth in COVID-19 cases. We know that more cases leads to more hospitalizations and deaths, and today’s news reinforces that tragic pattern."
Minnesotans must "redouble" their efforts to protect each other, Malcolm said, as every public activity is riskier than it was just a few weeks ago. She asked people to stay home and away from any gatherings with people from outside their household.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which updated its COVID-19 data Thursday, reported 62 more deaths that day.
New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:
- St Louis — 214; 228.
- Carlton — 41; 56.
- Itasca — 36; 37.
- Koochiching — 15; 10.
- Aitkin — 11; 22.
- Lake — 10; 15.
- Cook — 3; 2.
- Douglas — 47; 61.
- Ashland — 12; 13.
- Bayfield — 8; 8.
This update includes Wednesday figures for Minnesota and Wisconsin. The News Tribune's Saturday COVID-19 update will include Minnesota's and Wisconsin's new cases and deaths from Thursday and Friday.